101 ways to get rid of slugs

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Post: #14535 Andy Hamilton
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:18 pm

Slug eggs are like little white ball bearings. Whenever I do a bit of digging on my allotment I tend to find some, easily crushed between fingers. Would need too many to become an omlette, perhaps you could have pickled slug eggs as a starter.
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Post: #14538 Goodlife1970
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:56 pm

Anyone mentioned copper rings? Although it didnt work for the bloke off the telly the other night. Sounded really good too.
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Post: #14557 Shirley
Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:08 pm

http://www.slugfence.com/ looks interesting. There is some useful info on the site in general so it's worth having a nosy.

Surely this is something we could do at home anyway?
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Post: #14559 hedgewizard
Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:40 pm

Would need too many to become an omlette, perhaps you could have pickled slug eggs as a starter.


Oh... so slug caviar then. A new market beckons!

That slug fence claims the active bit is just a sharp double bend. Anyone up for developing a DIY version... wombat?

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Post: #14576 Millymollymandy
Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:31 am

hedgewizard wrote:
Would need too many to become an omlette, perhaps you could have pickled slug eggs as a starter.


Oh... so slug caviar then. A new market beckons!


Just what I was thinking!

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Post: #14708 hedgewizard
Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:43 pm

A local organic veg business raises tender salad leaves in trays which go on builder's boards hung on wire to make suspended shelving. This is 100% slugproof. I've got a photo if anyone wants to see it! Thought I might try to do the same thing in my tunnel (once this east wind finally lets up to let me get the skin on)!

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Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:21 pm

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Post: #16353 ina
Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:49 pm

Learn to love them! Living World, radio 4 this morning (yes, I know, too early for you lot!) was all about slugs and snails. Well worth listening to, or at least reading through...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/livingworld.shtml
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Post: #16356 Shirley
Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:52 pm

Pah!! early!!!! I was awake.. as usual :mrgreen:

Didn't listen to it though.. was reading through coursework instead.

I can't say that I'll ever learn to love them, but to be honest they've never caused me a huge problem (so far... touches as much wood as possible)

Hedgewizard... I would love to see a pic of the suspended shelving planters thingywotsits.
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Post: #16378 hedgewizard
Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:18 pm

No problem!

http://hedgewizardsdiary.blogspot.com/2006/02/story-so-far-part-2-next-temporary.html

I've half-inched a builder's board (actually since I'm paying for the works I've only half-inched it from myself!) to serve as one of these since they're so damned handy. I'll stick one diagonally (probably) over the central bed of my more modest tunnel. Proof against anything but the dreaded Dorset Arial slug.

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Post: #16387 Shirley
Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:25 pm

oh my oh my I am so jealous of your polytunnel!!

What a great idea the suspended planting shelves are - absolutely maximising the amount of space in the tunnel....

A truly beautiful photograph... both in terms of the contents and the actual frame structure. I see one on the way to school and sometimes the sun just shines through it in such a way that it appears to glow and I would love to photograph it.. one day!!!
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Post: #16389 Shirley
Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:35 pm

just realised that that ISN'T your polytunnel...doh.. but wow... still i would love one as well stocked as that :mrgreen:
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Post: #16394 hedgewizard
Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:50 pm

Sadly no, not mine. Look at the url... Pat's got a hot tub, shower and hammock in hers! You can't see the paths well because of the riot of growth, but she has sawdust paths between irregularly-arranged triangular raised beds. This one is mine, still waiting to be skinned. Hopefully tomorrow, when Captain Sensible is coming over to help me if the wind drops. :(
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Post: #16420 ina
Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:49 pm

:lol: Yours does have the advantage that you can walk through it without stepping into greenery or banging your head against a hanging garden! I'm sure it'll look just as good once you've got all your plants in there... I think that's the danger of polytunnels (or greenhouses) - wanting to do too much in it and filling it up to the point where you can't get your feet on the ground.
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